Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. And the sea no longer existed. And I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And from the throne, I heard a loud voice that said, “Look! God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain, because the former things have passed away.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
John’s image is exciting. All believers will have the new heaven and earth after Judgment Day. Lord, while you do not tell us what will happen to this current earth. Will it be destroyed and renewed as you had done in the flood, or will you have a new creation? You tell us what is essential and what we need to focus on; we will have a new heaven and earth—one where there is no threat to your people. For now, we live with sin’s temptation and the daily reminder of the evil desires of our hearts. However, through faith in Jesus, who suffered and died for us, we are your people and have the promise of the new heaven and earth. We have been restored to you through Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection; we are given life. We are part of your Church—Jesus’ bride. When we look around us at this world and see all this world brings at us, we should have this excitement about what eternity will be like—this place where there is no more suffering, pain, or death. The best part is that as we are restored to you and you will live among us in heaven. It is hard to comprehend what it will be like when we are in heaven, knowing that it will never end. Thank you for sending Jesus to be our Savior, taking all our sins into himself making heaven a reality for all who believe in him. John’s picture is such fantastic news, such a tremendous promise; please provide us with opportunities to share this good news with someone who still does not know you. So that heaven will one day be their reality. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
When you realize both this life and this world are temporary, it should turn one’s focus on what is lasting and permanent. Therefore, focus on Jesus’ forgiveness and love; those are the keys to heaven.